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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Jun 1, 2013 8:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Learning to play guitar cross-picking style

How about cross-picking style? This style of guitar playing usually derives the "main" note from the melody and the cross-picked notes from the chord.

From 1971 to 1977, the Old Time Pickin' Parlor embodied the conversational nature of Nashville's music scene. On any given day, fans of bluegrass and traditional music, amateur and professional alike, could be found gathered around the potbellied stove in the downtown music store and nightspot, playing, exchanging stories and just plain hanging out.

[My first visits to Nashville's Pickin' Parlor were 1974, 1975, and 1976. I went there as soundman with bands and musicians. I witnessed some pretty good guitar players coming into this store. Most of them would play the Martin guitars there. Very often you'd hear them cranking out Norman Blake's cross-picking licks.]

"That was a big thing in the music business here in Nashville.... People would hang out together jamming and picking, and it was a way of life. You don't see that near like you used to, so our intention is, let's go back and pick up a little of that, what we've lost," remarks Taylor, whose father, legendary Dobro player Travis "Tut" Taylor, was one of the Pickin' Parlor's original owners, along with luthier Randy Wood and musician Grant Boatright.

To this end, the Taylors—Mark, Tut and Mark's son, Travis, who serves as manager—have gone to great lengths to re-create the original Pickin' Parlor's casual ambience. Guitars, Dobros and mandolins line the walls of the bare-brick, shotgun room. Carefully stenciled old-time window lettering welcomes customers, and a replica of the original location's most distinctive feature—a huge painting of a Martin D45 guitar—serves as a backdrop for the stage. "The original stage was painted by my dad in 1972," recalls Mark Taylor. "We wanted to duplicate that same stage area, so he also painted the new one. We took it from drawings and pictures of the original.... It's the thing that ties it together, the thing that all the people who played in the original place would remember."

That list of people is pretty impressive. A typical day in the old location might find Tut Taylor and bluegrass multi-instrumentalists Norman Blake and Charlie Collins casually swapping licks. Neil Young played and hung out there, as did Eric Clapton, Clarence White, Bob Dylan, Vassar Clements, Sam Bush, John Hartford and many others.

Music for Pleasure at The Old Time Pickin' Parlor

two shows with Norman Blake taped by Monte in 1974 - boxed set on The Archive

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Jun 1, 2013 9:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Learning to play guitar cross-picking style